Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by DerekEstrada, Jan 11, 2008.
Anyone got experience recording a harp? Not a harmonica, but an actual harp....
The only success I ever had was with a single AKG 414/ULS in figure eight mode (in a small live space) about eighteen inches from the strings, towards the treble side. The 'null' was actually pointed at the base of the harp, it sounded very ethereal.
I am recording one at the moment with my band. No tips to offer yet, we're experimenting...
Thanks! Keep the suggestions coming...session is Sunday
A good condenser mic, about 1.5 to 2 feet away aimed at the hands should give you a good starting point. You can also play with the room itself to see if you can get a nice 'air'.
I would try another cond. mic about 4 feet from the harp to see if I could get a little ambience.
In addition to close micing, I'd also see about slapping a contact pickup on it somewhere... Experiment.
How is it being used in the mix? As with any classical string instrument, it really depends on if it is used to be an upfront soloist, or an ambient 'room' instrument. Also depends on the context in which is sits...what type of music?
If it's more of a traditional classical 'room' sound, I'd go with stereo ribbons out front and overhead.
If it's a modern soloist sound, a spot mic would work best...I'd still try to work with a ribbon, but a LD FET Condenser would work well also.
If you have the option, maybe do both...
I'd think that there would be potential noise/gain issues with using ribbons on a harp....it's just too low volume instrument and will require lots of gain from the preamp. I think I'd be more inclined to use a large diaphragm condensor.
Thanks again everyone...after much experimenting....a Neumann on a stand, about a foot and a half away from the bottom did it....